Monticello schools could consider tax rate increase

The Monticello school district has boasted one of the lowest real estate tax rates in Illinois for many years, and has kept that rate between $3.32 and $3.37 for the past decade. Among 30 districts in Central Illinois, it’s current rate of $3.36 is at the bottom of the list, contrasting with Rantoul’s $7.75 at the top.

Piatt County Democrats to open headquarters

An Open House for Piatt County Democratic Headquarters will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 112 N. State (the corner of State and Livingston Streets), in the Monticello Professional Building.

Local Democrats are invited to come to the open house or stop by during the week to discuss local, state, and national candidates and pick up campaign literature and yard signs.

Ride for Recreation set for Oct. 15

In its third year, organizers for Monticello’s Ride for Recreation hope to attract at least 100 bicyclists for the Oct. 15 event, which will feature rides of between 10 and 60 miles. A loyal following of about 75 took part each of the past two years in the ride that raises money for the Monticello Recreation Foundation.

Board presented with five high school rehab options

Five Monticello High School remodeling proposals differ in how they would modernize the building, originally built in 1923 and added onto several times over the next 80 years.

Artwork of Branch to be at U of I

Kirk Branch, a lifelong resident of the White Heath and Monticello area, will have his art featured in the Illini Union Art Gallery Sept. 1-30. The exhibit is called “Kirk Branch: Coming Home.”

Community Garden organizers reflect on first year

Those currently the Apple A Day Cafe at Kirby Medical Center in Monticello are likely eating food grown just a few hundred yards away.

High school remodel options at a glance

(presented to Monticello school board Aug. 24, 2016

Rep. Mitchell holding meeting in Monticello Wednesday

Area State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) will hold a town meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the City of Monticello Municipal Building, 210 N. Hamilton St., Monticello.

Tenhouse named top hospital administrator

Steve Tenhouse – with more than a decade of experience in healthcare administration in a rural health organization – is seeing his years of hard work and dedication pay off, with recognition by the Illinois Rural Health Association as the 2016 Administrator of the Year.

Scholarship to honor former D-W student

Honoring a former DeLand-Weldon student and creating a scholarship fund in his memory took place at the August 15 DeLand-Weldon School Board meeting.

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